Grades will be determined by my evaluation of your individual
participation in class discussion (which necessitates class
attendance), and my evaluation of your papers. You will be
required to write three essays of approximately 6-7 pages each.
An "A" essay shows deep thought,
attention to detail, and critical thinking. It is well organized
and flows naturally, leading the reader through the subject
easily. Sentences show variety and planning, and paragraphs are
carefully put together. The essay is engaging and interesting to
read, and the treatment of the subject is original and intriguing.
Clichés, triteness, and "stilted" language are absent.
Finally, an "A" essay displays no mechanical, spelling,
punctuation, or grammatical errors-it has been written as
carefully as a letter of application for a job, and has often been
revised several times.
A "B" essay possesses most (but
not all) of the qualities of an "A" essay. The
"B" essay typically shows a fair amount of thought,
attention to detail, and some evidence of critical thinking. It
may have slight organizational problems; it may have a few
mechanical, grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors, or it
may employ clichés or trite language in a few places.
A "C" essay is an average effort.
It displays most (but not all) the qualities of a "B"
essay, with additional problems in thought, organization, and
expression. Triteness or clichéd language may be present, or the
treatment of the subject, though competent, may be uninteresting
or unoriginal. Mechanical and/or spelling, punctuation, and
grammatical errors are a consistent problem. The essay is
understandable and the reasoning adequate.
A "D" essay is below average. In
a "D" essay, difficulties with structure, organization,
or content make the essay difficult to follow. The treatment of
the subject may be inadequate, or the reasoning seriously flawed.
Problems with mechanics, grammar, punctuation, and spelling
interfere seriously with the essay's effectiveness.
An "F" essay is one in which all of the problems
listed in the "D" essay are severe enough to make the
The Numbers: How They Will Break Down
That being said, here is a numerical guide to grades. The
course will be on a one thousand point scale, with each essay
potentially worth 300 points, and with participation potentially worth
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A 930-1000 points
B+ 870-894 points
B 820-869 points
B- 795-819 points
C+ 770-794 points
C 720-769 points
C- 695-719 points
D 595-694 points
F 0-594 points